Lent 2013 Challenge Day 13-14: Revived Seafood Mac & Cheese

What do you do when you’ve made your family “krabbyslow cooker mac and cheese but you get stuck at a car dealership well past dinnertime and then get stuck in traffic after that, potentially delaying dinner until well past the toddler’s bedtime? You pull off the road and get emergency food. Then you come home, put your slow cooker liner in the fridge to wait until the following night’s dinner.

“But Mrs. Mackerelsnapper,” you say, “wouldn’t that make your mac and cheese all dried out, making it sit in your slow cooker all day and then in your fridge all night.”

Yes, dear reader, it would.

“So, you’re going to feed your picky family dessicated mac and cheese?”

Hardly! Dear reader, I present you with:

Revived Seafood Mac & Cheese (time: 20 minutes)

3 c cauliflower florets, chopped
1 onion, diced
1 T each olive oil and butter
2 T flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 c milk
1 c shredded cheese (any kind pretty much)
1 tsp seafood seasoning (more or less to taste)
3/4 batch of “krabbyslow cooker mac and cheese

Steam cauliflower in microwave 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, brown onions in oil and butter. Sprinkle with flour and black pepper, then whisk in milk until smooth. Once skillet contents are bubbly, turn heat to low and add cheese a bit at a time, stirring until melted and smooth. Stir in seafood seasoning and cauliflower, then stir in “krabby” mac & cheese. Heat thoroughly and serve immediately.

This got rave reviews from the young. I encourage you to find your own ways to rescue meals!

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

4 Responses to Lent 2013 Challenge Day 13-14: Revived Seafood Mac & Cheese

  1. Mom says:

    You crack me up you crafty, crafty Mama!

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